What is the importance of south facing slopes when it comes to elk an mule deer? The more I read, and watch shows on hunting them, it seems like everyone is talking about south facing slopes. Just wondering!
In hunting season the days are colder, southern facing slopes are the first area to get the sun. Giving the animal a chance to warm up and eat. Southern facing slopes get the most sun, keeping the snow melted and are generally more open.
North facing slopes receive the least amount of sun and keep the snow longer, they tend to have the densest cover.
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Ditto what GUTPYLS says, after feeding during nite and early morn they head into thick stuff on North and East slopes to hide from us and heat. Conversly when its been cold or bad weather they'll head straight to South and West slopes to warm and feed
Here is a tip that was passed along to me - and I have not tried it yet - but it looks (and smells) like it will work fine! The gentleman that gave it to me regards it as his secret weapon and he is a VERY successful hunter.
Get a fresh tarsal gland off of a decent buck - I think the ranker, the better. Taking them off of bucks that are hot in the rut seem to be the best because that is when the glands are the darkest and have the most "male buck" scent...
Take that gland and put it in a good,...